If you came to my house anytime in the past few years, you’d see a lot of empty space in my pantry and freezer. I enjoy cooking from fresh ingredients. Shelter-in-place has changed all that. My pantry is fuller than it has ever been. To stock the pantry, I used a shopping list inspired by a survivalist website. These are just a few of the shelves.
Rice was also something that I got out of the habit of eating for the past few years. It is so yummy that I found it better to eat it rarely lest my weight go up. Now, however, I have 50 servings worth of rice. I will be eating it much more often.
My freezer, although it is barely full, has about eight meals worth of fish and meat and two ultra-thin pizzas. That’s about seven meals more than normal.
Now that I am getting to the canned, dried, and packaged food, I’m looking for new recipes. It’s an adventure!
Last night I cooked French lentils that I had lying around for at least two or three years. Combined with a carrot, some onion, a few bits of turkey pastrami, and a lot of spices (ginger, turmeric, cumin seed, cinnamon, cayenne, coriander, mustard seeds, salt) it turned out to be pretty tasty. I also made a cucumber yogurt raita with garam masala spicing.